Ice cream shop plans churn on

JOHNSTOWN — A new ice cream shop on Briggs Street — Sundae’s Best — may debut by April.

The shop’s basic building at 24 Briggs St. was constructed months ago, but some things still needed to be done before opening. Owner Mark Hayes said Thursday he’s having difficulty getting National Grid to provide power for his business.

“I wanted to have it open a few months ago,” Hayes said. “One way or another, we’ll be open in the spring.”

Hayes said a power pole needs to be set up for the new building. The ice cream store is on a vacant lot that used to house a former leather factory. Once he gets power, Hayes said he would like to open it briefly on a trial basis in the winter.

“Right now, the issue I’m having is with National Grid,” Hayes said.

The city Planning Board on Jan. 3 approved Hayes’ application for Sundae’s Best. The half-acre site is the former Demi’s Leather Corp. plant, which was demolished and cleaned up by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Common Council on July 18, 2016 sold the vacant commercial land to Hayes for $8,000.

Plans showed the construction of a 28- by 28-foot metal-sided building with an eight-foot overhang at the site. Hayes would be erecting an eight-foot fence around the perimeter, the planning board heard. There was also supposed to be a future drive-thru area, which Hayes said may or may not be done.

Main construction work was done by Hayes Trucking and Excavating of Fultonville.

According to original plans submitted to the city, the new ice cream shop will have two order windows, with two pickup windows on one end of the building. Local soft-serve ice cream would be served in a seasonal operation from late March to late September, a proposal said. Hours would be noon to 9:30 p.m., seven-days-per-week.

Hayes has an association with an existing ice cream business in the city. He said previously that one of his siblings used to own Udderly Delicious, a popular ice cream business on Route 30A.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at